Google Street View in Route Builder
Why have Google StreetView?
An aerial view gives us just that, an aerial view but a cyclist does not see things from the sky. He or she sees things while riding on a road. StreetView allows users to get an idea of how the route looks while planning. Sure, the route may look nice from the top but a StreetView closeup may reveal a myriad of potholes and obstacles unseen from high above.
Basically, StreetView would let the user look for and at
- potential obstacles such as potholes, traffic furniture, etc
- shoulders along the road which are nice to ride on should a cyclist want to avoid sharing a lane with cars whenever possible
- tricky and/or complex intersections which can be studied a bit via StreetView
- looking for landmarks (which are harder to get a recognize when one only sees it from up above) to help with navigating